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Devon town holds community hub contest

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Bovey Tracey Town Council has launched a mini-competition for a new £915,000 community centre in Devon

The project will deliver new town hall offices combined with a tourist information centre, library, community meeting space and public toilets.

The winning team will develop the 800m² scheme on Station Road from RIBA Stage 1 to 3, and submit a planning application. Following planning approval, the team is expected to be novated to a Design and Build contractor.

‘The hub should aim to cater for as many of its expressed needs as possible and to become a busy hub of community life and visitor hospitality,’ says the competition brief.

‘The building will need to relate in scale to the adjacent domestic structures, but will also establish a building of merit on this corner site opposite the historic Mill building and at the western “gateway” to the town and Dartmoor National Park beyond.’

Bovey Tracey is 16km south-west of Exeter, and home to more than 100 listed buildings. It is a key stopping point for tourists visiting the nearby Dartmoor National Park.

The community centre will be constructed on a prominent town-centre plot previously occupied by the Thatched Inn public house. Proposals may be contemporary or traditional but must provide a high-quality and sustainable setting for community activities.

The centre should include office spaces, a council chamber, ICT facilities, a library with shelving for 9,350 volumes, a children’s area, storage rooms, a kitchen and toilets with an independent entrance.

Shortlisted teams will present their initial responses to the design brief to a selection panel in mid-December. A winner will then be announced by 23 January.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 28 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Mark Wells
Bovey Tracey Town Council
Town Hall
Town Hall Place
Bovey Tracey
TQ13 9EG

Tel: 01626834217
Email: info@boveytracey.gov.uk

 

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